Psychogeography – dérive to détournement

Today we were given our overarching brief for this project, which compared to my normal briefs in Graphics is very very open. Having such an open brief is a little daunting but I do get the freedom to create what ever I like. I just need to develop a body of work in the pursuit of a psychogeographic outcome, concerning a certain place or space. Guy Debord’s definition of psychogeography is the study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. The subject is so open and up to discussion that many people have there own definition of it. We were asked to have our own definition of psychogeography, mine would be the way a place or space can alter your thoughts and mind. This will be the basis for my project.

psychology + geography = psychogeography

My initial thoughts on the brief were a little worried, as I’ve said before this brief is so open that I don’t know where to start. To combat this I tried to take it step by step first by thinking of any places I have a connection to. One that I initially thought of was Griggs Field and the connecting woodland. I basically grew up in that place from walking our dogs to riding my bike around the pit with my friends. I’d know and enjoyed that place since I was very young and still have so many amazing memories. It was an integral part of my childhood that defiantly helped shape me into the person I am today. Because of this and how well I know the words, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look into my memories of the woods.

In a brief initial talk with one of my tutors he said I should look into land art for some inspiration. I found these three pieces each done by different artists on They all stood out to me for there beauty and ore at the landscapes. Each look stunning and had quite thought provoking topics behind them. One for example ‘Martin Hill’s oeuvre explores the relationship and potential for sustainability between human and non-human systems, focusing on environmental sculptures intended to eventually return to nature.’ It opens that conversation with the viewer about having a more sustainable future. Being such a consumerist society, we don’t take in to account the damage to nature we cause. I enjoy how the piece is temporary and eventually will return back to nature as intended. It really allows the audience to take a step back and think about what we are doing. Another is ‘Jeremy Underwood’s work which explores the often complex relationship between humankind and the environment, with a specific focus on the cultural ideologies humans project upon the landscape’. Each sculpture made from rubbish and debris found in Houston, Texas’s waterways. Again questioning the audience on their consumer culture ideologies and the way pollution is devastating landscapes. Both frame these beautiful landscapes to perhaps show how in the future we may only have pictures to remember these views. Really interesting themes to look at, I enjoy the idea of looking at human rubbish and how its effects both the landscape and our thoughts. Knowing the amount of discarded waste in Fremington woods it could be an interesting path to go down.

I next want to get some idea down around my chosen place, Fremington woods, before our idea critique Thursday. I have a few so far and thinking back to previous project I can get plenty down in order to get some important feedback.

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